This week Mercury “joins the club,” moving into the sign of Leo along with Jupiter and the Sun. Now this party wants to get a little noisier and way more imaginative. Picture a boisterous group, bursting with talent, one more anxious than the next to be “on-stage” showcasing what they can do, while those, whose turn it’s not, direct attention to themselves with “lampshade on the head” type antics. It’s a scene kept under control only by Mars (the cops) in Scorpio, asking tough, investigative questions that must be answered honestly, and Saturn, reminding us of consequences associated with not following the rules.
While Leo’s busy partying, creating, and being the entertaining center of attention, there is unresolved inner conflict between the need to “play it safe” and the need to set our authentic, self-loving, selves free. At stake is the survival of our ability to contribute our gifts, in unadulterated form, to the world.
Expansion and opportunity clash with fear of change and inflexibility as Mars in Scorpio squares Jupiter in Leo.
This week we deal with our mind, it’s antics and tendency to imagine, in graphic form, the best and worst case scenarios. It’s time to gain some control over this run away train (our mind) and to dig deep to find inner strength and sustainment. That will actually provide a much firmer foundation for peace and allow us to move more freely in the world. There is no graceful way around it. I’ve already looked.
This week, time spent in natural settings, alone with nature and your thoughts, is especially healing. As Venus moves into a beautiful grand trine with Chiron and Saturn, a psychological catharsis may ensue, relieving pressure that’s been accumulating for months. A clarification, opportunity, or connection may give you the tools you need to say no to a tepid, tip-toe, existence. You may decide to take the plunge.
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Aries may have recently come to some realizations about their need for self-sufficiency and the tenuous and confining circumstances associated with being financially beholden and dependent. You may be working your way through intimacy issues, lack of trust, and emotions complicated by your desire for more freedom and accomplishment. There are important decisions to be made that are being delayed or avoided. This week the strong pull between the need for financial security though family bonding and the need for personal freedom intensifies. But Mercury’s move into Leo infuses your logical thought processes with a fiery dose of imagination, creativity, and broader, fresher perspectives. You may begin to see solutions that have previously eluded you, especially if you’re willing to open your eyes or see through the eyes of a child. Mars in Scorpio challenges you to believe in your vision for yourself, to trust your instincts, to feel optimistic and hopeful and to take some decisive action. Your vision for yourself is closer to manifesting than you may think.
This week you may feel the pull between relationships, security needs, finances, and the desire to be free. It is possible that you may “go along to get along”, but irritability and unsettled feelings may accompany the desire to avoid dealing with intensifying urges for freedom from or within relationships. Taking the initiative to secure some “alone time,” and releasing the compulsion to be “overly-responsible” in relationships is required. Finding reasons why you can’t possibly relax and enjoy your own independence and your own intuitive leaning is to be avoided. A realignment in the direction of balance is overdue. More honesty with a partner regarding the need to connect with yourself as well as a more optimistic, hopeful attitude regarding your ability to manifest your own life’s vision is offered. In summary it’s time to be honest with yourself about the condition of your primary relationship.
This week Mercury moves into the sign of Leo which, among other things, signifies exuberant, creative self expression. Joining Jupiter, it suggests the need to move away from the familiar into something more adventurous, an expansion of scope, perspective, more fun, more imaginative freedom, a bigger life on a daily basis. The higher mind now infuses the lower with meaning, vision, and direction. Mars, newly in Scorpio infuses your work with an extra dose of passion, complications, and the desire to take action based on trusting your instincts. Complications should not be made into excuses to doubt your instincts, to ruin your fun, or to put a damper on exhilarating feelings. Mars in Scorpio is best used to protect and defend the quality of work that you do, to direct you to deeper levels, to keep you honest, and to guide you through invisible worlds that reveal powerful new healing methods. Financial security needs may conflict with your desire to freely express who you are within a community. This is a fleeting aspect that encourages decision-making and initiative.
This week a grand trine between Venus, Saturn, and Chiron offers the opportunity to integrate and heal the parts of your life that have to do with beautifying and balancing your home, infusing your life with joy, expanding perspectives, and freedom from longstanding restrictions. Trines create ease and flow. Even minimal self-improvement efforts deliver disproportionately big rewards and gains. A kind, nurturing, compromising, approach is advised though that may be made difficult this week by impatience and the desire to break free of a confining career or social role. A wake-up call may remind you that your own psychological conditioning and lack of trust in your instincts interferes more than anything else with your ability to enjoy life. This wake-up call triggers a major transformation and turning point. An outstanding, ancient Karmic debt may be paid off this week leaving you somewhat disoriented, but relieved and ready to embrace a happier life.
Leos are experiencing this week a progressive rebirth of their creative power, expansive self-expression, and their ability to more clearly envision work that builds financial wealth as well as more direct community involvement. What has been gestating for a few weeks now begins to take shape. Demanding action is Mars in Scorpio, complicating and possibly blocking initiatives surrounding expansion, home, family, and the past. Inflexibility, karmic influences, and possibly obsessive/compulsive approaches to work and responsibility are now exerting a strong influence on the foundations of your life. This week you may have received a wake-up call regarding your approach. There is the need to step back and examine what influences from the past have left you chained to responses that feel involuntary and disconnected from your true nature. Your softer side is hidden, waiting to be fully integrated in ways that allow you to exert a more balanced, less restrictive approach to work issues, responsibility, and possibly your health. Inner freedom is the issue. As of now you remain a slave to past influences. This week, though, that may begin to change.
Virgos are now experiencing a progressive awakening of all that’s been sacrificed at the alter of stability, inflexibility, and a business-like approach to life. You may, in addition, receive a wake-up call that feels more jolting. The issue is that you’ve placed on the back burnt for too long your need for joy, tenderness, romance, lovers, sex, and non-conformist self-expression. Current facts, embedded in your daily routine and communications, reflect back to you what you have nourished and what you have let slide. Honest self-evaluation points to the need for change, a more flexible approach, as well as a reordering of goals and priorities. Fortunately, this week, more lights are being turned on within the deep recesses of your being, connecting you with what you crave, and stirring neglected parts of your life. Even better news is that your mind is working in highly imaginative ways, giving you a “get-out-of-jail free” card with an infusion of new ideas and strategies to consider, while providing the outlines for a new way of life. You may take some action by the end of August.
This week Libras rise up in protest (peaceful protest, most likely) against relationship roles that keep them oppressed. Actually your role is now, most likely, a remnant of the past. In the beginning, though, it was a role that emerged in response to a stressful, threatening situation. But things have changed. You have more options now and have outgrown the oppressive roles you play that undermine your happiness and ability to exuberantly express your gifts. As Venus in Cancer triggers rebellious and uncompromising Uranus, both placed in angular, and therefore very strong positions, this may represent a major turning point in your life. It’s time, for the sake of your emotional health, to own your authority over relationships (Venus in the 10th, Uranus in the 7th), and to update your role in ways that defend the parts of you that keep struggling to survive. It’s time to summon some courage from deep within, to deliver an ultimatum, to say “no” to old expectations, and to let the lines be drawn. You must win this battle to rebalance the scales in ways that honor who you are.
As usual, for Scorpios, things are complicated. The need to simplify and to decide how to best use your resources, seems to be a central issue. Career potential is expanding dramatically, but financial security seems uncertain. There is a direct challenge being thrown your way that’s forcing you to decide whether you will trust yourself or someone else more, whether you’re willing to make a change for the sake of a more dignified life, or not. Your need for control, in the past, may have trumped your need for a more adventurous and impactful work life. But circumstances have changed. Are you comfortable with sameness as the universe appears now to be offering you a way out? This is a moment of truth for you where the veils are snatched away and you stand fully exposed to yourself and others. Do you have the courage to change? Do you believe that your goals and dreams can be realized? My suggestion, for clarification, is to focus on the three-leaf clover symbolizing prosperity, enjoyment, and freedom, three things that may have eluded you in the past, but are now within reach.
Sagittarius is being challenged now in the direction of confronting hidden sources of destructive influence in their lives. You are being encourages to face the truth, to take some initiative to change your personal status quo, particularly as it relates to feelings of self-worth and whether or not you “deserve” a future filled with joy, abundance, and exciting adventures.The irony is that the universe is now offering you exactly that kind of future, but there is a hesitancy to grasp it. The truth is that you deserve to expect that the world is a friendly place that naturally conspires to bring you what you most desire. Many obstacles, mostly subconscious, stand in the way, though. It’s time to find ways to directly access the subconscious in order to root out feelings of unworthiness. This week, triggering the part of you that needs to rebel in order to secure freedom, are glimpses, memories, and reminders of past exploitative relationships. It’s time to take the initiative to uncover an entrenched belief of unworthiness, based on a lie you’re no longer too dazed to furiously refute.
This week Capricorn is receiving some profound messages about himself that come in the form of the observations and judgements he makes about others. If you notice others being tied to their relationships with the past, severely constricting their freedom to build on new, more supportive foundations, you might want to pay attention. If you find others to be mentally preoccupied with something old and lifeless, distracting them from initiating something new, or observe over-dependence in relationships, a self-indulgent approach to emotions, or inability to see clearly how they’re driven in unbalanced ways, to undermine their goals, you may want to sit up and take notice. This is a time when you have a window into what Carl Jung called the “shadow.” “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. The shadow, being instinctive and irrational, is prone to projection, turning a personal inferiority into a perceived moral deficiency in someone else.” This week it’s time to own your shadow.
Aquarians are on the brink and at the threshold of a new beginning. This week they clear one final hurdle involving a mindset stuck in the past, before they’re truly “on their way.” As you strive to gain control over your thoughts, it is likely that you will learn something very valuable about the power of your subconscious mind to define your life’s parameters – specifically your ability to achieve your goals, to confidently project yourself as an authority, to take your place as a social reformer, and to be well-respected in society. Freeing your mind is key. This week glimpses, memories, and reminders of relationships with the past – specifically old health issues or past relationships with unhealthy people who wounded you, trigger you in ways that encourage a clean break. It’s time for the truth to surface, for the culprit to be caught, for responsibility to be taken, and for beliefs that stemmed from lies to be released. With a new kind of action you are able to release yourself from the confines of a very limiting mindset. Finally the coast will be clear.
While Pisces are often associated with fuzzy thinking and an approach that’s not too grounded in reality, this week, especially, that is not the case. Pisces have become very practically minded when it comes to creativity, their career, success, and life direction. They are designing methods and considering strategies that are both highly imaginative and potentially very effective. As they sift through various options and approaches, the question they’re now most likely to ask is “will this work in the real world?” As Mercury moves into Leo, Pisces may be looking for ways to ground their particular type of creative energy that arises from the depths of their sensitive nature. They may be looking for a “permanent home”, a more efficient way to use their resources, financial backing, or a more natural and convenient way to express who they are. It’s time for them to take new action that reconciles their desire for a financially freer future with their need for creative freedom .